The VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers playoffs is finally here. After five weeks of group stage action that saw several favorites drop out of contention, the remaining eight teams are set to battle for one of two spots at Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen.
Reigning Masters Reykjavik champions OpTic Gaming took the top spot in Group B with a 4-1 record, advancing directly to the upper bracket semifinals of the playoffs.
Right behind them are FaZe Clan, Evil Geniuses, and Luminosity Gaming, three teams that finished with the same 3-2 record. Since the three teams were tied, their playoffs seeding was determined by each team’s map win percentage throughout the group stage, according to the VCT rulebook.
Since Luminosity Gaming had the lowest map win percentage at 5-5, while FaZe Clan had 6-4 and Evil Geniuses finished at 6-5, LG will start their playoffs run in the lower bracket while FaZe and EG move on to the upper bracket quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, in Group A, XSET and Ghost Gaming were tied with a 4-1 record. But since XSET had the head-to-head advantage, they secured the second upper bracket semifinals spot in the playoffs. Ghost Gaming and 100 Thieves will continue their tournament run in the upper bracket quarterfinals of the playoffs.
What is the VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers playoffs?
The playoffs are the final leg of VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers. The top two teams will travel to Denmark to compete in Riot Games’ second international VCT LAN event in July.
The teams that qualify for Masters Copenhagen will compete for VCT circuit points that will put them one step closer to qualifying for Valorant Champions at the end of the year.
VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers playoffs schedule and results
The playoffs will run for two weeks from June 17 to 27.
Top seeds OpTic Gaming and XSET have received a direct bye to the upper bracket semifinals, while the second and third seeds from each group will start in the upper quarterfinals.
NRG and Luminosity Gaming, who finished last in their respective groups, will begin their run in the lower bracket instead.
On match days, games are scheduled to begin at 4:00 a.m. GMT+8.
Upper bracket quarterfinals
|FaZe Clan||1 — 2||100 Thieves|
|Ghost Gaming||0 — 2||Evil Geniuses|
Lower bracket round 1
|Ghost Gaming||0 — 2||NRG|
|FaZe Clan||2 — 1||Luminosity Gaming|
Upper bracket semifinals
|XSET||2 — 0||100 Thieves|
|OpTic Gaming||2 — 0||Evil Geniuses|
Lower bracket quarterfinals
|Evil Geniuses||1 — 2||NRG|
|100 Thieves||1 — 2||FaZe Clan|
Upper bracket final
|XSET||1 — 3||OpTic Gaming|
Lower bracket semifinal
|NRG||1 — 2||FaZe Clan|
Lower bracket final
|XSET||3 — 1||FaZe Clan|
|OpTic Gaming||1 — 3||XSET|
Teams that are competing in the tournament
VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers prize and point pool
|STANDING||TEAM||VCT POINTS||PRIZE MONEY|
|1st||XSET||Qualifies for Masters Copenhagen||US$50,000|
|2nd||OpTic Gaming||Qualifies for Masters Copenhagen||US$32,000|
Format of the tournament
All teams will compete in double-elimination best-of-three matches, except during the upper bracket final, lower bracket final, and the grand final, which are best-of-five games.
Where to watch VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers matches live?
Valorant fans can watch the matches live on Riot Games’ official Twitch and YouTube channels: